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Are there words that mean succeed and nurture, kind of like triumph and foster together? Looking for something that conveys a winning environment that helps people achieve their goals. Halcyon is the placeholder, but feels too soft.

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You need to give a bit more context if you want useful answers. For instance, the suggestion of "incubator" only works in a very narrow sense. – starwed Mar 18 '13 at 3:10

Regarding “something that conveys a winning environment that helps people achieve their goals”, incubator has senses that may apply, including “(business) A support programme for the development of entrepreneurial companies”.

Phrase Center of Excellence may be relevant:

A center of excellence refers to a team, a shared facility or an entity that provides leadership, evangelization, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area. The focus area in this case might be a technology..., a business concept..., a skill... or a broad area of study...

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This is used for an environment that promotes the growth of start up companies and helps them succeed in their Research, Development and Marketing efforts. It starts from the nuture metaphor and has success as its aim. (So you've had three people mention this one now.)


This uses a sailing rather than a nurture metaphor, but has the idea of recognized success and a focus for support (when applied to a project or centre).

The given succeed and nurture are verbs; also triumph and foster are verbs; although one in each pair is a noun - the suggestions made so far are all nouns. So consider


If these aren't the kind of things you are looking for some further info would be helpful.

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